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Vossius & Partner

Intellectual property > Patent prosecution Tier 1

Vossius & Partner is among the top addresses for patent applications and registration proceedings in Germany. The firm has a mixed patent lawyer and attorney-at-law team and enjoys a good reputation for its forensic practice, especially in the life sciences. In the biotechnology and medical product sectors, the team is regularly active in market-shaping mandates. As one of the largest IP boutiques in Germany, it offers a broad service spectrum, which also covers the electrical engineering, technology, telecoms and mechanical engineering sectors. Elard Schenck zu Schweinsberg heads the team. Thomas Schwarze from the Physics, Engineering and IT group made partner in January 2021.


Elard Schenck zu Schweinsberg is a brilliant mind! Handles the dual role of patent attorney and litigious advisor with ease, very good at understanding new technologies. Exceptional in every way.

An excellent team across the board, with real depth of knowledge from everyone from partner to junior associate. Brilliant strategists. Very attentive to the legal and business aspects. Know the German market, the German courts and judges very well.

Jürgen Meier is a true biotechnology and life sciences specialist, advising on breakthrough technologies in a range of areas including CRISPR and microbiome therapy. He has a very extensive knowledge base and is always up to date on how best to protect patents and win opposition proceedings.

Good understanding of law, technology and strategy.

Key clients

Boston Scientific (BSC)

CRISPR Therapeutics AG


Max Planck Gesellschaft

Merck Sharp & Dome Corporation

Oryzon Genomics


Roche group (incl. F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Genentech Inc., Chugai Seiyaku

SL Corporation

Starkey Hearing Technologies

Work highlights

  • Representing CRISPR Therapeutics AG in EPA opposition proceedings against the Broad Institute.

Intellectual property > Trade marks

Vossius & Partner is particularly well-known for its trade mark and copyright litigation practice, the latter especially in the field of applied art with fundamental decisions won in bad faith trade mark applications and colour marks. Strategic portfolio development advice constitutes the second cornerstone of the practice, headed by Munich-based practice leader Mathias Kleespies. The team expanded with the appointment of Peter Johannes Klein (trade mark, design, competition, food and internet law) in January 2021.

Practice head(s):


‘Fast, efficient and friendly.

You don’t want Paul Kretschmar on the other side.

The Vossius brand team is very dynamic and knowledgeable.

Paul Kretschmar is an excellent lawyer with broad IP knowledge and experience.

Paul Kretschmar, Mathias Kleespies and Simone Schäfer are extremely knowledgeable, responsive and business oriented.

They are creative thinkers, answer questions quickly and the answers are always thorough. I can recommend Paul Kretschmar, Mathias Kleespies and Simone Schäfer for every trademark case in Germany.’

Both the telephone exchange and the written communication are condensed to the essentials and presented in a way that is understandable even for non-lawyers. This is a great advantage, especially for in-house legal departments, as it allows the statements to be passed on to the decision-makers without extensive explanations.’

Paul Kretschmar and Peter Klein complement each other perfectly as a team. Both have a great focus on practical solutions. A pragmatic or actually economically viable way is always sought and not just a theoretical approach. This is where the two lawyers differ significantly from other lawyers and law firms.’

Key clients

BSI Federal Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry e.V.

Minges Kaffeerösterei



BOFFI S.p.A. e De Padova

Evoqua Water Technologies GmbH

VARO – Vic. Van Rompuy nv

M.J. Dairies

Sartorius AG

Halfar System GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing the Federal Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry (eV) (BSI) in four trademark cancellation proceedings against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) due to the illegal monopolization of terms.
  • Advice to Schöffel on global portfolio expansion and on strategic issues.
  • Legal representation of BOFFI SPA and De Padova in a copyright dispute against the industrial designer Prof. Dr. Dieter Rams on the licensing of the 606 shelving system.

Intellectual property > Patent litigation Tier 2

With its mixed team of patent lawyers and attorneys-at-law, Vossius & Partner is a good choice for nullity and opposition proceedings as well as infringement proceedings. The group routinely handles multi-jurisdictional mandates, often in a leading role. The team impresses with a broad range of technical expertise, with the majority of instructions from the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, electronics and telecoms sectors. Elard Schenck zu Schweinsberg (mechanical engineering), Hans-Rainer Jaenichen (biotechnology and pharmaceuticals), Natalia Berryman (chemicals), Rainer Viktor (including standard-essential telecoms patents), Gerhard Hermann (physics and medical technology), Arnold Asmussen (including medical and automotive engineering), Christian Sandweg (physics), Raphael Salzer (medical and plastics technology), Thomas Schwarze (optical technologies) and Christoph Eisenmann (physics and materials science, among other things) are among the key contacts.Renowned IP boutique Vossius & Partner boasts a team of attorneys-at-law and patent lawyers, which covers a wide range of technical areas in infringement and nullity proceedings and is increasingly instructed on market-shaping mandates. Clients from the telecoms, electronics, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors constitute the main share of the client roster. With regard to the latter, the team’s expertise in contentious supplementary protection certificates is noteworthy. The firm’s main litigation offices are Munich and Düsseldorf, with Berlin and Basel as additional locations. Cross-border disputes are routinely handled in cooperation with an established international network of law firms, primarily from the US, Asia and other European countries. The Asia desk is comprised of lawyers from Japan, China, Korea and the US and specialises in clients from the respective countries. Thure Schubert in Munich heads the team, which also includes Christian-Leopold Zapp and Georg Andreas Rauh as key figures, also in Munich. Kai Rüting and Andreas Kramer are the main contacts in Düsseldorf.

Practice head(s):


Very efficient, collaborative, strategic, reliable, open, competent. We are very satisfied and would work with the team and individuals again at any time.

The services of Vossius & Partner have so far been irreplaceable for us. The undeniable technical expertise coupled with a sensible, no-nonsense approach to IP disputes have enabled us to conduct litigation very efficiently.

Key clients


Alcon Inc.

Archos S.A.

Boston Scientific

British American Tobacco

CJ CheilJedang Corporation

Lenovo Group Limited

MAS Elektronik AG

Online Cleaning Technologies GmbH

Sungrow (Photovoltaik)

TCL Group

Wiko (Tele-communications)


ZTE Group

Work highlights

  • Representing British American Tobacco in six patent infringement proceedings against Philip Morris before the Munich Regional Court, the Hamburg Regional Court, the Düsseldorf Regional Court and the Mannheim Regional Court as part of an international complex of proceedings with parallel proceedings in the USA, Great Britain, Poland, the Czech Republic and Japan, among others, regarding the Systems IQOS, ePod and Glo.